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I've also noticed what a complex phenomenon this information-masking is,
compared to signal-masking. If my wife speaks to me when I'm trying to fix
this blessed computer, it can take me 15 minutes to respond! (if at all).
I'm not just being facetious here; I seem to observe that it is possible to
'store' apparently (fairly) unprocessed 'sound chunks', and 're-listen' to
them a short time later, and *only then* understand them.
Obviously I'm mixing two (or more!) different phenomena here, but it's not
the selective attention / selective inattention that I'm most interested in,
in this case. It's this 'short-term buffer' that is interesting, as it may
be the same thing that assist in 'understanding' complex auditory scenes,
and speech, for that matter.
Is there much work on this?
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